Potter Johnson Recruitment are pleased to be working along side one of the UK's largest social care providers. We are supporting our client in the recruitment of a Children's Residential Manager for their Ofsted registered residential home which provides quality care for a group of vulnerable young people with social, emotional & behavioural difficulties.
- Responsible for all aspects of staff recruitment, effective deployment of staff/bank and Agency workers across the service, referrals, admissions and care practice.
- Ensure the service delivers at a high level to meet the young people’s needs and can provide quantitative and qualitative data to evidence the outcomes achieved by young people.
- Ensures the service meets and complies with all regulatory and statutory requirements as a minimum. Deliver the service to meet all contractual standards of placing authorities and where possible exceed the standards.
- To support and directly line manage the team with delegated responsibility to the Home’s senior management team.
- To ensure efficient and effective administrative and electronic systems are in place and being used to meet obligations for recording and reporting to comply with both our clients and Ofsted’s reporting standards.
- Ensure the service performs within budget and at a level to achieve the highest Ofsted inspection rating, supporting a programme of continuous business improvement.
- To ensure systems are in place to audit the quality of the care provision against nationally agreed standards of quality, Ofsted and regional Local Authority consortia. Working closely with the Regional Director and the Director of Quality and Compliance.
- Ensure the service provides a child-centred and child-focussed environment where appropriate detailed assessments (care plans, risk assessments etc.) and programmes of activity are undertaken to meet the core needs of each young person. Ensure the delivery of detailed care planning, regular monitoring and review takes place.
- To ensure all staff fully understand their roles in the context of supporting young people with SEBD within a residential care environment. To ensure regular and effective meetings are maintained to enhance and develop integrated care and education practices. Ensure effective communication and team working and the operation of the key worker role.
- Develop and maintain effective partnerships and relationships with referring authorities, LADO, Inspectors from the Regulatory Body (currently Ofsted) and other professionals to ensure the service represents high standards of residential care; provides for new and continued placements and an overall positive impression of the company.
- Fulfil your responsibilities under Health & Safety legislation and policy to provide a safe environment for all. Ensure the service operates effective systems to satisfy the company’s corporate responsibilities.
- Ensure the effective operation by those with delegated authority the company’s performance management systems to induct, supervise, appraise, manage and develop staff to deliver quality care and a consistent professional service to meet the existing and changing needs of the young people.
- To ensure effective budgetary and petty cash systems are operated by all with designated authority, to support the effective financial management of the service. Ensure temporary cover is utilised effectively and resourced to meet operational demands and safe working ratios, without compromising standards.
- In liaison with the Regional Director develop, operate and continually review the service development plan to ensure its meets the objectives agreed and set.
- To promote the vision and values of the company to provide services with a clear sense of purpose and agreed way of working.
- Provide support, guidance and direction to the senior team to enable them to perform their roles effectively. Act as a mentor to support their development as a first line manager.
- To ensure the service operates with trained and qualified staff and are accessing appropriate training and development opportunities. Ensure the mandatory training compliance data is utilised to monitor training and take action accordingly.
- To investigate incidents, complaints or allegations in line with established procedures. Represent management on disciplinary panels and as an investigating officer.
Recognised Social Work qualification or a professional qualification relevant to working with children at least at level 4. And a qualification in management to at least at level 4 in Leadership and Management (LMCS) ; for persons undertaking a qualification after January 2011, the relevant qualification will be level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services.
Skills, knowledge and experience
Have good knowledge and experience of law and practice relating to looked after children
Full working knowledge of statutory and regulatory guidelines governing the operation of residential child care services
Full working knowledge of child care and child development developed through working directly with children and young people
At least 2 years’ experience relevant to residential care within the last 5 years
At least 1 years’ experience supervising and managing professional staff
Experience of supervising and managing staff and competent in using a range of HR processes involved in the management of staff
Experience of working with challenging young people with emotional behavioural difficulties in a social care or associated setting
Experience of working with a range of professionals i.e. Local Authority Social Workers, Commissioning, Placement Teams, Therapists etc.
A full understanding of the social, emotional, educational, cultural, religious and recreational needs of young people
If you have the right skills and experience and are interested in the role please submit your CV.